The best concerts to catch in the UAE this year

Dubai Concerts 2023

Cello there, the UAE is setting up a treat of a time for music lovers

As we countdown to the end of 2023, Dubai is about to bid the year goodbye in the most epic way possible.

The emirate is all set to come alive with a number of amazing concerts and events lined up for a truly memorable time. From the opening of beach festivals to high-octane rock gigs, our Yalla guide has you covered.


Myriam Fares, Ahmed Saad, Ayed and DJ Aseel


The American University in The Emirates is cranking up the excitement with a mind-blowing live concert as the centerpiece of their Graduation Ceremony at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai this Friday!

DJ Aseel will kick off the festivities with his seamless mixing skills, promising a dance floor experience like no other. Ayed will take the stage, ensuring a night brimming with non-stop grooves and infectious rhythms that will keep you moving all night long.

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IBZ Ibiza Festival opening


The Ibiza Orchestra Experience In Dubai

Join Mochakk for The IBZ Beach Festival season opening at Soul Beach Dubai this Saturday 30 September as he takes the stage for his UAE debut. Rising out of Brazil’s hotbed of formidable talent, Mochakk (AKA Pedro Maia) embodies a level of passion and drive that has placed him in a league of his own.

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Paul Van Dyk at the Coca-Cola Arena


Paul Van Dyk In Dubai

Gather your EDM crew and head down to the Coca-Cola Arena on Saturday to see world-class DJs spin a string of upbeat numbers live in Dubai. Headliner Paul Van Dyk from Germany and Israeli musical duo Infected Mushroom will drop hit after hit, so put your dancing shoes on for a memorable night.

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Sheeran vs Capaldi Tribute Show


Sheeran V Capaldi

Outside the Box Events are thrilled to present this outstanding new show – ‘Ed Sheeran vs Lewis Capaldi’ tribute featuring the incredible music of two of the world’s finest singer-songwriters this weekend at The Theatre at QE2.

Appearing on both Friday and Saturday night, the show draws from Ed’s multi-million selling albums Divide, Multiply, Plus and Equals, and from Lewis’s Divinely Uninspired and Hellish Extent.

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Gilberto Gil “Aquele Abraço Tour” at Dubai Opera


Gilberto Gil

Dubai Opera presents Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil in his acclaimed tour AQUELE ABRAÇO tour for one performance only this Friday 29 September.

Gil began playing the accordion in the 1950s after being influenced by Luiz Gonzaga, radio, and religious processions in Northeast Brazil. His prolific phonographic production has resulted in the recording of over 60 albums, four million album sales, and nine Grammy awards.

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KISS at the Coca Cola Arena


Kiss Live Concert In Dubai

Legendary rock legends KISS play one of their last ever gigs when they appear in The Coca Cola Arena on Friday 13 October. One of the most recognizable bands of the hard rock era, original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will be joined by Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer in what promises to be a spectacular event.

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Defected Dubai


Defected Dubai Music And Dance Line-Up


Defected Dubai, which will run in October 2023 across three days and venues and the weekend event, the largest of its kind for Defected in Dubai, will land following an epic summer of touring, having touched down in various locations including US and Canada, South America, Georgia, Europe and a massive debut at Glastonbury festival. Acts over Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October include Hannah Wants, Groove Armada, and Roger Sanchez to name just a few.

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Sean Paul at the Coca Cola Arena


Sean Paul In Dubai


Your Jamaican me crazy! Bringing a litany of well-known hits as well as an electric live performance, chart topper Sean Paul comes to The Coca Cola Arena on Saturday 21 October. It’s No Lie, Sean Paul is coming to Dubai in October. The Jamaican rapper is set to raise the ‘Temperature’ in Dubai’ and raise the roof with another pulsating performance.

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Dizzee Rascal at Emirates Golf Club


Dizzee Rascal Coming To Emirates Gold Club Dubai

One of London’s most well-loved artists will appear at The Emirates Golf Club on Saturday 28 October. A pioneer of the grime and rap scene for many years, Dizzee Rascal will make sure you go completely Bonkers at this gig which will also feature a number of his other chart-topping hits from the 00’s.

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Bastille at The Coca Cola Arena


Bastille Concert In Dubai

One of Britain’s most successful pop rock bands are coming to town on Wednesday 1 November as Bastille make their Dubai debut at Coca Cola Arena. Boasting chart-topping hits such as Pompeii and Things We Lost in the Fire they are sure to make the most of this highly anticipated concert.

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Bryan Adams at the Coca Cola Arena


Bryan Adams In Dubai

This is the one we have all been waiting for! Canadian Bryan Adams brings his world tour to the Coca Cola Arena on Saturday 4 November where a musical masterclass awaits all those in attendance. One of the biggest selling artists of all-time, Adams will mesmerise audiences with a number of his most iconic songs. This is certainly one not to be missed.

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MIXTAPE at the Coca Cola Arena



Fancy a trip back to the naughty 00s? Then this one is for you. Mixtape featuring The Sugababes, The Vengaboys and Snap! Is taking place at JBR’S Bla Bla on Saturday 18 November. Hosted by radio’s Chris Moyles, this event will be filled with iconic music from start to finish.

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The Ibiza Orchestra Experience at Barasti Beach


Ibiza Orchestra Live

All you dance music enthusiasts will enjoy this one! The Ibiza Orchestra is coming to Dubai for a beach festival on Saturday 16 December. This is a touring 26-piece orchestra that performs classic Ibiza anthems, providing the ultimate trip down memory lane.

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Bebel Gilberto at The Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi


Bebel Gilberto

Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto presents a series of heartfelt and personal songs dedicated to her father, bossa nova originator João Gilberto when she performs this Saturday night at The Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Drawing from her recently released album, João, four-time Grammy nominee Bebel Gilberto declares her love for her father with her unmistakable musical style that is part of one of the greatest musical dynasties in Brazilian music.

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Charlie Puth in Etihad Arena


Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi is once again set to come alive this long week when on Sunday 1 October they welcome hit singer Charlie Puth. With an impressive track record that includes eight multi-platinum singles, four GRAMMY nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, a Critic’s Choice Award, and a Golden Globe nomination, Puth’s is set to produce an electrifying show.

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Boney M at Emirates Palace Hotel


Boney M

Take a trip down music memory lane as the magic of Boney M is coming to the UAE capital on 7 October. Also performing a day prior at the Movenpick JBR, Sheyla Bonnick will bring well-known hits such as Daddy Cool and Rasputin to Abu Dhabi as well. Get your boogie on today!

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Robbie Williams


Robbie Williams

On 18 October, Etihad Arena is going to come alive for an unforgettable evening of pure entertainment. Known for his smash hits and captivating live performances, Robbie Williams is ready to mesmerise fans with his energetic showmanship, infectious charisma, and a repertoire of timeless classics that comprise 25 years of hits.

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DJ Tiesto at Etihad Arena


Dj Tiesto

Etihad Arena is Abu Dhabi is also all set to welcome world-renowned DJ Tiesto on Thursday 26 November for the F1 concerts! The energetic star is sure to set the Yasalam After-Race Concert stage on fire and as one of the major household names of the electric music dance scene for over 20 years now, is sure to attract a huge audience.

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Foo Fighters at Etihad Arena


Foo Fighters

Bringing the musical entertainment to a close at the Yasalam After-Race F1 Concerts will be American rock legends The Foo Fighters who make a welcome appearance after having to cancel their gig at the same event two years ago. This electrifying and high-octane event takes place on Sunday 26 November and is poised to be the highlight of the weekend.

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Image sources Coca cola Arena, Ibiza Festival, Paul Van Dyk Instagram, Ed Sheeran Instagram,
Lewis Capaldi/Kim Hikspoor Instagram, Dubai Opera, KISS, Defected Dubai, Sean Paul, Bastille, Bryan Adams, Ibiza Orchestra Experience, Bebel Gilberto Instagram, Boney M Instagram, DJ Tiesto Instagram, Foo Fighters

Shane Reynolds